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New Luminary Backpacks Are In The Works

New Luminary Backpacks Are In The Works

Tom sews one of the new Luminary prototypes in his design studio. Tom has made a couple of design updates to the original Luminary. Most notably, he's made the right side pocket large enough to fit phablets such as the iPhone Plus and the HTC U Ultra; the left side pocket is a bit bigger too (wider actually) than the first iteration of the Luminary. The asymmetrical height of the pockets makes the main compartment zipper extend further down one side than the other, which we think looks kinda cool. Yet Tom was able to nudge things around so that...

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Previously unreleased videos (Part I: The Aeronauts 45 and 30)

Some months ago, we experimented making some packing videos but never got around to sharing them.  So here they are: a series of videos demonstrating how to pack a few of our popular bags.  Let us know what you think—if people like them, maybe we’ll be inspired to make more. Part I: The Aeronauts 45 and 30 Besides snacks, dogs, and naps, there’s nothing we like more than the pleasure of packing a well-organized bag.  We’ve designed our travel bags (like both sizes of the Aeronaut) with strategically-placed compartments and pockets so they’ll pack like a dream right out of the box.  At the...

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Passport Pouch that fits four passports

New Passport Pouches

We've increased the size of our original Passport Pouch so that it fits passports in protective plastic sleeves, thick passports with many pages, or as many as four passports—without making it too big to comfortably wear cross-body or around one's waist. (The Passport Pouch can also simply be stowed inside of a bag.) The previous dimensions of the Passport Pouch were 5.0" (w) x 6.3" (h) / 125 mm (w) x 160 (h). The dimensions of the new Passport Pouch are 5.5" (w) x 7.1" (h) / 140 (w) x 180 (h) mm. We also now offer our Passport Pouch...

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New Packing Cubes

New Packing Cubes

Our new Packing Cubes combine two of our light fabrics—Mesh and Aether—to achieve our goals of a Packing Cube design that doesn’t weigh much, allows one to see the contents of the Packing Cube without revealing too much and provides enough body and structure to make packing the cube easier.  They're available -- in-stock and ready to ship -- in sizes designed specifically to maximize the space and packing efficiency of our Aeronaut 45, Aeronaut 30, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer travel bags. Wondering about the differences between our various Packing Cube options? Check out our Packing Cube Guide + Frequently...

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Packing Cube Recommendations for the Pilot, Stowaway, Yeoman Duffel and more

We've decided to retire the sizes of Packing Cubes designed and sized for the Pilot, Night Flight Travel Duffel, Stowaway, Yeoman Duffel, and Hero's Journey. Below is a list of our recommendations for alternate Packing Cubes for the aforementioned bags. Choosing to retire designs is never an easy thing to do, but in this case, here's why we made this choice: we offer a wide variety of Packing Cubes, Stuff Sacks, and Pouches that work well to organize these bags. Additionally, we're a small company of 50 people who all work under the same roof here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A...

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TOM BIHN | The Field Journal Notebook Returns

Farewell to the Field Journal Notebook

Back in 2015 we made the decision to retire a number of designs including the Field Journal Notebook. And then, in 2016, we announced its return. Now, in 2018, we are once again retiring the Field Journal Notebook. This decision was made partly because of two materials supply related reasons: first, the Field Journal Notebook’s three-ring binder mechanism is no longer available, and second, the cost of the specially-produced-just-for-us FJN paper inserts/refills have gone up by a substantial amount that we’d rather not pass on to you. And so here we find ourselves once again: the Field Journal Notebook is...

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How To Choose A Bag As A Gift | Made in USA Gifts | Made in Seattle Gifts

How to Choose a Bag to Give as a Gift

Watercolor by Dan Bransfield. And the bag in the watercolor? That's the Shop Bag, one of our go-to bags to give as a gift. For the longest time, when folks asked us for advice on which bag to get a friend or family member, our response was: "You can't go wrong with a Gift Certificate!" Since then, we've expanded our range of designs to include bags that will be useful to just about everyone -- see this list of our favorite bags to give as gifts. And you've shared with us your stories of choosing a particular bag to give...

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New: Guide's Edition Synapse 25, Pop Tote, and Synapse Internal Frames

New: Guide's Edition Synapse 25, Pop Tote, and Synapse Internal Frames

Meet our three latest designs... The Guide's Edition Synapse 25 The Pop Tote Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 Internal Frame Click the above links to go directly to the pages for the new designs to see all the details: photos, videos, specifications, full descriptions and more. Or, read on below for a summary of each of the new designs. All three new designs are in production at our Seattle, Washington, USA factory. They will be available for order on Monday, November 27th at 8:00am PT and will ship the same day if ordered before 12:30pm PT (as long as they're...

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Tom and Nik in the Seattle Factory

Our Guide To Backpack Frames

As with many things in life, deciding whether to use an internal frame—or if you even need one—is subjective: it's based on how you plan to carry your backpack, what you plan to carry in it, and how carefully you're willing to pack it. A lot of folks will find an internal frame useful, but not everyone will, and certainly not everyone needs one, especially those who carry smaller/lighter packs or less gear. Our Hero's Journey, Guide's Pack, and Guide's Edition Synapse 25 backpacks all come with internal frames included. Versions of the same internal frame are optional for our...

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Introducing The Travel Cubelet

Introducing The Travel Cubelet

The Travel Cubelet Status In Production in Seattle, Washington, USA Ready To Order / Ships On... Friday, October 27th at 8:00am Pacific Time Colors Island Halcyon, Northwest Sky Halcyon, Viridian, Mars Red, Grass, Black, Alphaviolet, Dawn Sign Up To Be Notified When The Travel Cubelet Ships Go to the Travel Cubelet page, click on any In Production color combination, and add your email address to the input field that appears below. Shipping Options U.S. -- UPS Ground ($10) or USPS First Class or Priority Mail for orders under $49 ($7) International -- UPS Expedited ($30) or USPS First Class International...

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